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Former South African President F.W. de Klerk reflects on film

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:47

The new film ''The Other Man'' explores the personal and professional life of the president and his role in ending apartheid. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: For many, Nelson Mandela is the reason apartheid ended in South African. But little is known about the other man who helped negotiate the end of apartheid and who was also responsible for releasing Mandela from prison in 1990. Filmmaker Nicolas Rossier tells the story of former South African President F.W. de Klerk in his documentary "The Other Man." "I was hesitating between two titles. It was like either 'Last White Man in Power' or 'The Other Man' because there's Mandela and there is always photos of de Klerk and Mandela, but every time there is a story on Mandela, de Klerk comes one or two minutes in the whole program. I said, well why, I would like to understand what really happened with this guy. Why he changed, why did he change? And so the film is really and expiration of that legacy," said Rossier. For Rossier, making the film was a chance to share a side of de Klerk that most do not know. "There was basically an opportunity and I think de Klerk seized it. But what was interesting is nobody knew his background, nobody knew where he came from. Nobody really knew some of the personal stories around him, you know, about his wife, his father, his brother and I felt this was really interesting to understand the story of the transition," he said. Rossier hopes the movie will be the anchor for debates about racism and the legacy of apartheid. "In a sense I think it's going to be a film that's going to have, you know, many people are going to watch over and over not just from a conflict resolution perspective but also because of, you know, the racism in our society. And the fact that we haven't even discussed it like the South African society had discussed in 1994 into 1996. There was a truth and reconciliation conference which we've never had here," the director said. Mandela and de Klerk shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for ending minority white rule and laying the foundations of democracy. De Klerk served as one of two deputy presidents in Mandela's government after the African National Congress won the 1994 elections. "The Other Man" is now playing in select U.S. cities.

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Former South African President F.W. de Klerk reflects on film

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 01:47